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So Amazing: Nassau Girls Lax Players of the Week

Wantagh's Colleen Lovett circles behind the net during

Wantagh's Colleen Lovett circles behind the net during the first half. (March 28, 2013) (Credit: James Escher)

Who knew Beyonce even had a song called “So Amazing”? I didn’t, until about five minutes ago when I went searching for song titles that had any possible correlation to Players of the Week. Then boom! It was a Luther Vandross tribute sung with Stevie Wonder. I think it works here.

(Tangent: Learned something in the process. I recognized Beyonce’s opening lines in the song from “True Love” by Lil’ Romeo & Solange Knowles. Then I’m like, “Hmm. No way would Beyonce bite her little sister’s lyrics from a Lil’ Romeo chorus to do a tribute to Luther Vandross.” So, come to find out they both sampled Luther’s original “So Amazing.” … Yeah, I knew a Lil’ Romeo song well enough to recognize its lines elsewhere. And that’s not the only one I have in iTunes. This one, too. I would say my musical tastes have changed a great deal since I was 15, but I was rocking with both of those just now.)

OK, and the Players of the Week…

Liz Rourke, Long Beach
She had three goals, including the winner in the Marines' 8-7 comeback win over Plainedge in the Class B quarterfinals. The teams had squared off just two weeks earlier, with Plainedge winning 8-7. Long Beach rallied from down 7-3 and scored five unanswered goals to win. Melissa Rubin tied it at 7 with 4:46 left.

Colleen Lovett, Wantagh
She scored five goals and dished a career-high 10 assists in a 22-12 win over South Side in the Class B quarterfinals. Yep, you read that correctly: 10. Even in a basketball game, them's a lot of assists. If you're wondering – and you should be – the state record for a game is 12, set by Glenn's Mary Kate Sivilli in 2008. Nobody has gotten 11 – at least according to the record book – but three other girls, all from upstate schools, had reached 10. If you're wondering – you probably weren't on this one – the assist record for a season is 101.

Alyssa James, St. Mary's
Not so much for the volume, but the timing. She scored all five of her goals in the second half, including the winner with 13 seconds left, as the Gaels rallied from down 5 at the half to beat St. Francis Prep, 15-14, last Monday.

Kim Presuto, Syosset
She's made 31 stops with a .794 save percentage in the last two games. Too mathy? OK, that's 15 saves in a 13-4 win over Hewlett and 16 saves in a 13-4 win over Hicksville. (If she'd made 15 saves in both games, I'd have said the combination of similar numbers and H-named teams is whoa.)

Nora Charidah, Calhoun
She scored five goals, including the deciding one, in Calhoun's 14-13 win over Lynbrook in the first round of the Class B playoffs. Charidah's fifth goal put Calhoun up 14-11 with three minutes left.

Taylor Casey, Kellenberg
She had 16 points in three games last week, including five goals and two assists in the Firebirds' 19-11 win over Holy Trinity in the CHSAA quarterfinals.

Alyssa Fiore, Division
Her fourth goal was the winner in the second overtime as the 10th-seeded Blue Dragons edged No. 7 Hewlett in the first round of the Class B playoffs. (Note: Division put forth a valiant effort, scoring eight second-half goals in its 17-9 loss to Manhasset in the quarterfinals. That's one of those "Can't blame 'em" losses and I'll give them kudos for not quitting.)

Preston Tansill and Julia Palermo, Locust Valley
Each scored three goals to lead Locust Valley in its 18-10 win over Clarke in the Class C quarterfinals. A year ago, both girls watched the playoffs from the sidelines while recovering from torn right ACLs. (I give props for triumphant returns from injuries. And it's a free field hockey plug. Read more about it here.)

Danielle Doherty, Massapequa
The senior had a career-high eight points (five goals and three assists) in leading the Chiefs to a 14-3 win over Oceanside in the Class A quarterfinals. Of significance: Doherty missed most of last season with a torn ACL. She's back and has led the team in scoring to this point, and Massapequa will need her production as it continues in the playoffs.

Tags: girls lacrosse , Nassau , players of the week , Liz Rourke , Colleen Lovett , Alyssa James , Kim Presuto , Nora Charidah , Taylor Casey , Alyssa Fiore , Preston Tansill , Julia Palermo , Danielle Doherty

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